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Thanks to Kim Kardashian West, Alice Marie Johnson is a free woman. Incarcerated in 1997 for money laundering and drug conspiracy charges, Alice Marie Johnson was in the middle of serving a life sentence when Kardashian's tireless efforts to pardon her great-grandmother paid off. Meeting with President Donald Trump two weeks ago, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star pleaded for Alice Marie Johnson's freedom, which was granted by the president. Kim Kardashian had also previously earned the support of Ivanka Trump, which is what scored Kim Kardashian with a meeting with Trump.
Now that Alice Marie Johnson has finally gotten her freedom, after more than two decades inside the Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama, the formally-imprisoned woman joined Kim Kardashian West for an interview with Today. During the sit-down conversation, Kim Kardashian West addressed some of criticism she received for meeting with Donald Trump, and by her critics who believed she was only doing this act for PR. Regardless, Kim Kardashian freed her great-grandmother. That's all she cares about at the moment. Here's what she said in the exclusive interview.
Honestly I don't care what they say...we got it done. That doesn't matter to me what people say because I know in my heart that was never my intention. Did I ever think it would get this much attention? I never thought it would get this much attention.
As captured on camera by the Today Show segment, Alice Marie Johnson and Kim Kardashian West only met for the very first time moments before the televised interview. Now that Johnson has won her freedom back, she is finally able to talk to Kim Kardashian West in person, though Johnson and Kardashian have corresponded before, thanks to letters shared between the two. Later in the intimate conversation with Hoda Kotb, Alice Marie Johnson offered her own side of the story, praising Kim Kardashian West for the media personality's continued efforts to gain her great-grandmother's freedom. Johnson also believes Kim's internal drive to do whatever it takes to gain her great-grandmother's freedom back comes from her Kardashian genes -- specifically from her late father, Robert Kardashian.
I choose to believe that Kim has it in the genes. Her father, Robert Kardashian, he was a fighter and I believe it's just been passed on to her.
Kim Kardashian West made her plea for Alice Marie Johnson's freedom public last year when she first tweeted about it, which sparked interest among her many followers. Now that Kim Kardashian West has garnered Alice Marie Johnson's freedom, the media starlet is hoping to continue her activism efforts, perhaps even as an attorney. We'll continue to keep you posted on her developments.